Art of Massage - Bodywork & Authentic Movement
Bodywork & Workshop Offerings

      Sometimes receiving a session with just one particular technique can be quite powerful.  You may wish to receive a pure circulatory massage for its deeply relaxing effects, a neuromuscular therapy session to address an injury, or Deep Tissue work to thoroughly address tension in specific areas of your body.  Please ask about the benefits of various modalities.

Integrated Sessions 
 
      While each session is tailored to meet your needs, most sessions blend a variety of  therapeutic massage, bodywork and integrative somatics techniques (more on somatics below), with the intent of providing a balanced, holistic approach to bodywork. Combining several techniques is often the most effective way to address your needs.
 
 
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  • Acupressure
  • Adaptive Bodywork
  • Circulatory Massage
  • Deep Tissue 
  • MyoFascial Release
  • Neuromuscular therapy
  • Pregnancy Massage
  • Sports Massage
  • Stretching
 
    
  Somatic Techniques

  • Somato-Emotional Integration
  • Somatic inquiry
  • Visualization
  • Focusing

 
 
Workshops

  • Foam Roller Self-Massage 
  • Acuball® Self-Care 
  • Authentic Movement



Bodywork Technique Descriptions
               
Adaptive Bodywork This highly effective form of bodywork, which stems from Rolf Structural Integration, is excellent for reducing and eliminating chronic pain and tension. Client's are active participants in the process of addressing underlying tension patterns in the connective tissue. The work is adaptive in that the practitioner views the body holistically and uses a variety of ways to do the work (with hands, forearms, feet, elbows, etc.) and on a variety of surfaces (table, floor, chair, etc.).  The work realigns and properly tensions the client's fascial support network.  Clients wear loose fitting gym clothes while receiving this work 

Circulatory Massage This classic form of massage, using oil applied to the skin, is characterized by long flowing stokes which promote deep relaxation, improve circulation, reduce stress, and speed recovery from workouts.  Circulatory massage can be invigorating (Swedish) or slow, deeply calming and relaxing (Esalen, parasympathetic massage).
 
Deep Tissue  This focused work, excellent for treating chronic muscle tension and pain, uses firm pressure to facilitate effective, lasting relief.  The work, done slowly and with respect for the recipient’s pressure threshold, helps “melt away” tight muscles regardless of the source of tension.  A deep tissue session typically focuses on one or two areas of the body and does not use oil or lotion.
 
Neuromuscular Therapy This modality helps break the “pain, spasm, pain” cycle by releasing trigger points in muscle tissue.  Trigger points are tender points that when pressed refer pain to other parts of the body.  They are often found in tight, contracted tissue and are released by applying sustained pressure for 8-12 seconds.  Neuromuscular therapy is often combined with circulatory massage to help increase the blood flow to the area and to help soothe the nervous system.
 
Pregnancy Massage Pregnancy massage

Sports Massage Sports massage, an important component of every athlete’s training, can accelerate recovery from injury, help you get into peak condition, or be great for post-event unwinding.  Any ache, strain, or pain in the body can decrease one’s performance and cause compensations and misalignments. Specific techniques can increase circulation, breakdown scar tissue, relax muscle spasms, reduce swelling, relieve pain, and improve range of motion.  Receiving regular bodywork while training, decreases recovery time and leads to increased performance. 
 
           
Somatic Technique Descriptions

Somato-Emotional Integration - This reflective form of bodywork uses breath awareness, conscious touch and somatic inquiry to support the expression and integration of feelings that may arise during the course of a session. Cultivating the awareness of and ability to anchor one's attention on the sensations of the breath in the body is one key to supporting healthy expression of feelings and emotions.   If feelings arise during the course of a session I compassionately and gently support and guide you through the expression and release of these emotions. 

Somatic Inquiry -Soma, from Greek, means not just “of the body”, but the living body.   Somatics is a field of study that embraces a way of “knowing through the body”.  Somatic Inquiry is a powerful process used by body oriented therapists to gain insight by attending deeply to the body; it helps illuminate the mind-body connection.  Through focusing attention on the breath and a particular area of the body that may be a seat of pain, tension, or emotional stress, or a concern that is present, we give the body an opportunity to “speak”.  By engaging all of the senses in listening to what the body wants to “say”, words, images, memories, intuitions and information may emerge that can help bring about a shift, release, or movement towards healing.
 
Visualization When an image associated with a body region or tension arises it’s possible to work with the image to help bring about change.  Visualization works especially well when used in combination with deep tissue sculpting.  For example, someone may have the image of a garden of rocks in their shoulders and through dialoging with those rocks – asking what they need – they may find an image of rain coming and the rocks softening and changing into hard clumps of clay, then smaller, softer lumps of earth as the tension in their shoulders melts away. 

Focusing – This wonderful form of somatic inquiry uses what psychologist Eugene Gendlin calls the “felt sense”.  The “felt sense” is an embodied feeling that one has when thinking about a particular person or concern.  This sense might be a warm relaxed feeling somewhere in your torso when thinking of someone you care deeply about.  Or if you think about a challenge you are experiencing in your life you might have a felt sense of tightness or strain in your chest and throat.

       One can use focusing to gain insight on any challenge or concern that is present in one’s life.  By gently and inquisitively being with the felt sense of a particular concern in an open, attentive, and non-judgmental way, shifts or movements towards a deeper understanding of the concern usually occur. A feeling of relief or release and insight into what might help improve the situation often accompanies these shifts and can lead to greater ease and comfort in the body.



About The Art of Massage
       
    When people in the West hear the word massage, they often think of classic Swedish, or what is known as circulatory massage, which is characterized by the use of long flowing strokes or thorough kneading of stiff muscles with the aid of massage oil.  While there are numerous other types of massage techniques, they all share the common primary focus of manipulating soft tissues of the body to bring about improved function and to promote relaxation and well-being.  

       The term bodywork, which is sometimes used interchangeably with massage, embraces a more encompassing view that includes, in addition to working with structures of the body, the intent of increasing awareness of the mindbody connection.  It is this focus on the integration of mind and body that infuses my work with passion and motivated me to seek training in the exciting field of somatics.  

       I like to describe somatics as a way of knowing through the body. Soma, from Greek, means not just “of the body”, but the living,experiential body.  In the field of somatics, movement, touch, breath, imagery, and awareness are used to explore and experience one’s inner world as a means towards self-understanding and improved health.  Dialoging with the body is one way of deepening the mindbody connection.  Asking, “What are you aware of as you focus on this particular area of your body?” or, “If this part of your body could speak, what would it say?” can be useful questions to explore. 


       Integrating somatics with therapeutic massage and bodywork is my passion.  I love helping people feel better by bringing insight, healing and well-being through skilled, conscious touch. 

      

There is a space within where time slows down, the breath deepens and compassion takes root in order to nurture oneself. 



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